Driving is undoubtedly getting more and more expensive as the cost of petrol rises. More people are looking at second hand vehicles when it comes to buying a new car, yet even these can be harder to come by at a decent price as people hold on to their cars for longer during troubled economic times.
Yet with a bit of forward thinking and a thought or two for the environment, cars can be driven far more economically, thus saving fuel and money while helping the environment at the same time. It will also help make your car a more appealing prospect with less wear and tear when it comes to selling it on. Here’s how…
Sharing is caring
Consider car sharing wherever possible. This obviously cuts down on both fuel usage and carbon emissions if you can make good use of your passenger seats. this works well for the commute to and from work, or if a group of you are heading into two for a night out, just make sure you stick to soft drinks if you are the designated driver.
Moving into the higher gears quickly can also help cut fuel consumption. Try not to stop completely if you can help it, e.g. when approaching a roundabout if the coast is clear. Use your gears to slow down, rather than apply the brakes. Although it goes without saying that you must always put safety above fuel economy.
An under inflated tyre can add up to three per cent to your carbon emission output, so make sure you check your tyres regularly with a local garage and make sure they are properly pumped up. You can’t always see at a glance whether your tyres need attention or not, so get them checked professionally.
A window for speed
While the feeling of fresh air whipping through your hair as you cruise down the motorway can be appealing, it also increases drag, which lowers fuel efficiency. Keeping the windows closed while driving over 70mph can cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to ten percent. Go easy on the air conditioning too as prolonged use can be very heavy on the fuel.
Clearing the junk out of your car will make it lighter and therefore more fuel efficient. Sort out the boot, back seats and glove compartment to make sure you are not carrying anything that is not necessary for your journey or for the car’s and passengers’ safety. Ditch the roof rack unless you are on holiday with a lot of luggage.
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